Swansea City-Manchester United Preview

AP - Sports

It's starting to look like deja vu all over again for Manchester United, and that would suit Swansea City just fine for a second time.

The Swans seek a rare double Saturday at Old Trafford over the wobbling reigning league champions, who are trying to avoid losing four straight matches for the first time in over a half-century.

Any good tidings Manchester United (10-4-6) brought into the new year with a six-match winning streak across all competitions that provided a glimmer of hope at defending their Premier League title under first-year manager David Moyes have given way to despair and despondency with three successive losses - two at the once-impenetrable fortress that was Old Trafford. United's woes started with a New Year's Day 2-1 defeat at home to Tottenham and were recently exacerbated with a 2-1 first-leg League Cup loss at relegation-threatened Sunderland on Tuesday.

In between, the Swans got their first victory at Manchester United, bouncing Moyes' side from the FA Cup with a 2-1 triumph Sunday on a 90th-minute goal by Wilfried Bony.

Moyes, who has come under increasing fire as United have tumbled into seventh place - 11 points adrift of Arsenal, likely bereft of silverware by season's end and perhaps most ominously, potentially failing to qualify for the Champions League for the first time since the 1995-96 season - also will try to dodge the ignominy of becoming the first manager to oversee United losing four consecutive contests for the first time since doing so in league play Oct. 14-Nov. 4, 1961.

"I've been here before and I've done it before," the Scot told the team's official website. "I just sense that it's on the verge of turning, we're about to get a bit better. You need a little bit of good fortune to go for you, and it looks as if we're not getting enough of that at the moment.

"I can sense in the dressing room that there's an urge to fight for our current position."

While Moyes reportedly has funds at his disposal to use for the January transfer window, though nothing has materialised. United also continue to be without consistent attacking option as both Wayne Rooney and Robin Van Persie have been sidelined with injuries and are uncertain to play in this match after both missed the defeat at Sunderland.

All of United's problems appear to have given Swansea (5-6-9) a gilt-edged opportunity to record their first league win over United in six tries and also finally find the needed bounce to move up the table from their current 13th position. The Swans are winless in their last six league matches, gaining only three draws, and manager Michael Laudrup is expecting a more stern challenge from the wounded Red Devils.

"Sometimes that win comes when you least expect it and that came at Old Trafford," he told the team's website. "On one hand, we know it is possible and we have confidence going there.

"On the other hand I think it will be more difficult than last week. I expect them to come at us and they have to win this game. And we have to be ready for that because we know it will be tough."

Swansea's ball-possession style may face some tough going as winger Jonathan de Guzman was the latest to be added to a growing injury list that includes Michu and Garry Monk, but the Ivorian forward Bony seems to play some of his best football versus Manchester teams - he's scored in both matches versus United this year, with his winner Sunday following a brace in Swansea's league loss to City on New Year's Day.

Van Persie and Danny Welbeck had two goals apiece as United won 4-1 in the reverse fixture to open the season in Wales, and United have four wins and one draw in the five all-time league matches between the teams since the Swans were promoted for the 2011-12 campaign.

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